RESOLVEN COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The Monthly Meeting of the Council was held on Thursday 4th May 2023 at 6pm at the Community Centre
Mr. A. Jones – Chair/Cadeirydd
Mr N. Francis, Mr K. Sims, Mr N. Place, Mr P. Thomas, Mr T. Jones
Mrs. C. Payne.
County Member/Aelod o’r Cyngor Sir – Mr Dean Lewis
Cllr Lewis advised the prospect of the new Wind Farm at Melin Court looks set to go ahead which is good news for the village, as it will provide greatly needed funding for improvement and wellbeing of the area.
37/23 Apologies for Absence/Ymddiheuriadau am absenoldeb
Mr I. Ace, Mr R. Coulter, Mrs R. Parfitt, Mr P. Martin, Mrs J. Llewellyn,
38/23 Declarations of Interest/Datganiad o ddiddordeb personol
Cllr A. Jones declared an interest in item 41/23
39/23 Minutes of the previous Meeting/Cofnodion y Cyfarfod Diwethaf
The Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 5th April 2023 were accepted as a true record.
40/23 Clerk’s report and Council Matters Arising/Materion yn codi o’r cofnodion
ac adroddiad y Clerc.
The Clerk’s report was presented and approved.
Virtual meetings – Quotes have been obtained for the digital equipment required and will be purchased in due course.
41/23 Season tickets for the park
Following discussion, it was agreed that due to the considerable amount of volunteer work provided by the bowls clubs, the season ticket subscription will remain the same this year.
Members £60, Senior citizens £35.
Non-members £2 per session
Tennis will also remain free.
NPT Standards Committee – Annual report
NPT Temporary Road Closures Various locations
OVW – New Model Standing Orders
OVW – Written Statement on Electoral Reform
43/23 Sub-Committee Reports
Parks/Environment/Hall committee – The minutes of the meeting 19th April 2023 were accepted as a true record.
Matters Arising: –
The diseased trees in the Children’s Park will be removed shortly.
The next meeting will be on Wednesday 10th May 2023 in the Park
Finance/Funding – The minutes of the meeting 20th April 2023 were accepted as a true record.
The next meeting will be on Thursday 11th May 2023 when Mr Paul Hinder will attend to discuss funding for the MUGA.
44/23 Chairman’s Report.
Report on One Voice Wales regional meeting held via zoom 27/4/23.
The meeting had been cancelled twice and was therefore held via zoom, and well attended.
Trefor Jones was elected Chair and a vice Chair was appointed.
Some items of interest:
a) Annual report – this is a compulsory duty and must appear at the end of the financial year. To place it on the website is sufficient, though this may be subject to scrutiny by the Standards Committee of the local authority.
b) Independent remuneration for councillors – this must be completed by September 30th. Slight rise and it is tax free in future since it is counted as earning less than £6 per week and is in the same category as working from home.
c) Training Plan – this is a statutory duty, and each councillor MUST complete the 6 key modules. Two free places for each council from OVW.
Help with the above will be forthcoming from an advisory team from a WG grant for £150,000 for the next three years.
3. Digital service for broadcasting meetings – some Councils are spending up to £7,000, however our arrangement fulfils the rubric of the Act. Good news.
4. Employment Law update – changes in the payment, with the lowest rung now becoming rung 2
National minimum wage now £10.42, flexible working can be requested from the first day.
Holiday entitlement of Clerk, extended from 23 – 26 days per annum following 5 years of service.
5. Council health – the WG were concerned at the lack of diversity and number co-opted to councils. The point was made that the extra burdens on councils were discouraging volunteers, and too much scrutiny on this agenda on councils would lead to more resignations i.e., have the opposite effect.
43/23 Councillors Report
The library is now open 3 full days per week (except bank holidays)
Monday / Wednesday / Friday 10am – 12noon and 2pm to 4pm. There are also new reading sessions for young children which are advertised on Facebook.
The Police have been proactive in Abergarwed due to the increased action of motorbikes
and scramblers in the surrounding forest areas.